Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy September

Can you believe it?  How did September arrive so fast?  Don't get me wrong, I love fall and winter but after last winter and all the back to back snow storms it seemed that it took much longer for spring to arrive... somehow we got shorted on summer, at least in my dreams! :D  Oh well, nonetheless sweet and colorful Fall is truly on her way so let's take a few moments to remember all the things we love so much about this season...


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ho Humm...

Hi to all of my lovely blogging sisters! First off, this is not an up and cheerful post so if you are in need of that kind of post go visit another of our blogging sisters today.

I hope summer is being good to you all, and the upcoming spring to all of my blogging sisters down in the southern hemisphere!  I can hardly believe it is already August... where has the summer gotten to?

Doing an assessment of the summer thus far I guess I have accomplished a lot of things that had been on my Garden To Do list for several years so that of course feels good.


Raphael

As to the year 2015 thus far it has been a roller coaster ride with adjusting to being in a new decade of my life, losing my best furry friend ever, Raphael,  and going through two different cat catastrophes.





First, crazy but totally cute... Miss Savannah



and then the dark handsome and mysterious Sebastain

This past Sunday DH took Sebastian back to the shelter because we just couldn't afford his medical bills nor his non-stop meowing. In the month and a half that we had Sebastian he cost us almost $600.00 in vet bills !!!  We will not get into the discussion of the "to remain unnamed shelter" or my vet.  If I ever have another pet it will be taken care of by a new vet! And that's all I have to say on that matter for now.

 So, for the first time in over 17 years when DH goes off to work I am completely and utterly alone.  Although I never had human children I have had my fair share and then some of fur babies.  I can honestly say that I now know what empty nest syndrome feels like.  I've been wandering around the house being unable to settle on any one thing.  Reading can't hold my attention, spinning I can't concentrate enough, weaving just not feeling creative enough and I have picked back up my jewelry making and that is all I have managed to work with.

Well really I've been watching YouTube videos to learn the technique of Soutache and working with Shibori Ribbon.  I love making cuff bracelets and hope to have a small inventory by the time Christmas craft shows are beginning to participate in a few.  Just in case you are not familiar with soutache or shibori ribbon here are a couple of excellent videos of the amazing work of Beading4perfectionists over on YouTube... So in an effort to leave you all on a positive note...





I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their summer or the ending of their winter !!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Morning thoughts after a restless night



Both from the freshness of the morning as well as really strong coffee!  Okay tea, Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong (this one probably not for everyone, the aroma reminds me of a camp fire), would be great as well!

Now on to some serious stuff... I have my comments section set on owner approval so I am supposed to get an email each time one of you posts. Right?  Something made me go to the comments section of the tools for my blog this morning and "GASP" I was greeted with no less than 30 unanswered, unacknowledged emails from some of my sweetest blogging sisters!!!!  

Holy Cow!  Geez Louise!  and so on....   PLEASE FORGIVE ME.  Here you were probably thinking well what in the heck did I do to her for her not to answer me...  NOTHING ...  it was Blogger and my negligence.  We always get into trouble when we become complacent!!!  I feel really terrible and I already felt pretty crumby this morning after a sleepless night... however, this topped the cake and, and, and,....!!!

I love each and every one of you no matter if you have time to visit often or just once or twice a year!!!  The same holds true if I don't get around to your blog often... I think about all of you just the same... please don't forget that you all mean an awful lot to me!!!  

This is our new bonding mechanism in the twenty-first century and even though we have never met face to face does not mean we are not friends just the same.  It's like having a pen pal back in the day or a dear friend who moves away...

Hugs to ALL of you!!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Little Late is Better than never...

To all my wonderful blogging sisters...


It has actually been a lovely summer so far here in my part of New England.  Even though the air-conditioner has been warranted for many days due to high humidity every day has been breezy and crystal clear blue skies.  As we live in a mountain region we tend to get late afternoon early evening cloud cover with oftentimes a brief sprinkle here and there... my idea of perfection. I am in my best moods when it rains... something very soothing about hearing the rain hitting the roof of the barn...

Although I have not finished the garden an incredible amount was accomplished so far this summer.  I have decided to hire a helper in September when my order of plants that are to be planted in the fall will arrive.  We will then also finish off the mulching and laying the last of the path stones.

Next season's budget is pretty much already delegated for specific things such as my white picket fencing and two arbors.  Of course the raised beds that were finally put in this year will be planted to the brim with fruits, veg and herbs.

I recently found a wonderful website called Vintage Remedies where you can take courses online for herbalism, aromatherapy, botanical skin care and even advanced botanical medicine as well as certifications in some courses.  I have already signed up for their free course, yes you read that right FREE... it is called Herbalism 101 and it is not one of those fluff things you often run into on the Internet when it is free... just an FYI in case any of you out there have interests in living healthier more natural lives you might just want to pop over there.  I'm not an affiliate and am not being paid for this blurb... just passing on to my peeps information I find interesting and thought you might as well.

I sold off my large 32" Ashford rigid heddle loom to my dear friend Meredith over at Mereknits because I knew she would make good use of it. Her purchase allowed me to buy my first Mirrix tapestry loom and I couldn't be happier.  Since I have fallen in love with tapestry weaving I really didn't need such a large rigid heddle loom and it was taking up a large amount of space in my small studio.  I still have my 16" Ashford rigid heddle loom for scarves and my triangle and rectangle looms for making shawls so it's no like I am without! LOL!  Heaven forbid... :D

Yesterday I attempted something I have never done before, installing a new lighting fixture.  It went fine up to the very last part where you have to line up the base of the fixture so it is attached to the electrical box and flush with the ceiling.  I worked on this light trying to align the two stinkin' screws from 10:30 in the morning until 2:30 pm, I kid you not!  I finally surrendered and called a friend that does odd jobs - it took him about 10 minutes!!!  I was just about in tears I was so tired and frustrated but it all ended fine in the end and my new light looks gorgeous.  I didn't take a photo of it actually installed because I don't want you all to see how dirty my once white walls are!  I will show you lots more as I get rooms painted or covered with fabric.

 It's a good thing because I have four more light fixtures to install!  Not today though! LOL!  My arms feel like lead weights they are so sore from having them raised up in the air fiddling with that light for so long!  But as they say, the mistakes you make you learn the most from and I sure learned a lot about installing new lights! :D

Friday, July 24, 2015

Simplicity...

While looking for a support spindle that is good for spinning short fibers such as cotton and cashmere I ran across this photo on Pinterest that stopped me in my tracks.


Although this woman lives simply and has no fancy tools to work with she is making beautiful yarn.  Made me think about how much junk I have been convinced I need to make beautiful fiber and how much money has been wasted!  When really all one needs is the basics...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some planning for the upcoming fall and - eeek, winter dare I say

I know it is only the middle of July but after all it is already the middle of July!  The summer seems to be cruising by as fast as "NASA's New Horizons" is moving!  Let's face it it is going to be fall sooner than I suspect most of us would like... well, that is of course except for all my blogging sisters in the southern hemisphere where it is all upside down from us up here in the north.

So, of course continued education for tapestry weaving will be at the top of my list.  But there are a lot of other wonderful things to keep busy with once the colder weather arrives here in New England. I really want to learn how to knit socks and mittens.  In this drafty old converted barn one can never have too many pairs of fluffy woolly socks... sometimes it is so cold I confess to wearing two pairs of socks at a time!  I kid you not! :D  Mittens, well they sort of speak for themselves.  An absolute must have for snowball fights and snowman building.  Hmm, shouldn't that be snowwoman building?!

And we can't forget putting the garden to bed before the snows arrive.  I am thinking about building a scarecrow lady for the garden and I might put her out late this summer or early fall and leave her there to give the garden a little personality over the wintering months.  Although if we get the snow we have gotten the past two winters she will get buried for the most part so perhaps upon further review I will wait until next spring for that project! LOL!

There is also the pre-planning of the raised garden beds. Well, that sounds like enough to keep me busy over the snowy months.  Now for some photos of inspiration for that sock knitting plan...



I really love both the pattern and the chunky look of these socks.  
I'm sure they would keep one's toes nice and toasty!


Since I don't wear shoes in the house the cables won't pose any discomfort issues.  Even if I do venture out into the cold my boots are extra large to accommodate heavy winter socks.


These I would need to make a few pair of as I just love that slouchy sock look and feel!


Aren't those heels just the bee's knees?!  I love the color combination as well.  
Nice and bright for a grey winter's day!


A nice simple fluffy sock!  Make several pair of these as well!  Now to just find the pattern!


And last but not least a pretty, lacy sock.  Hmm, this one is on Etsy, wonder if she sells the pattern?
Well, now that I have sent shivers up everyone's spine with all this talk about fall and winter.... giggle!!!  But seriously, best time of the year to start making socks.  Wait until fall and winter and it's really like closing the barn door once the horses are out!!! :D